Milkovits, Amanda 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1US RI: For More Than 300 Rhode Islanders, Marijuana Provides Legal ReliefSun, 09 Sep 2007
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Milkovits, Amanda Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:09/07/2007

The old life of Kelly Powers began to slip away two years ago.

Her husband had bought her a new motorcycle for her 31st birthday, but during the vision test for her license, Powers realized something was wrong.

She'd been getting chronic headaches and was clumsy at times. She had trouble holding a bottle for her infant daughter. Then her hands couldn't seem to hold her baby.

It was multiple sclerosis. Within a year, the disease was claiming enough of her body that she had to give up her daycare business and retreat to her bed.

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2US RI: House Approves Medical Marijuana BillThu, 03 May 2007
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Milkovits, Amanda Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:05/03/2007

PROVIDENCE -- With two months to spare, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted yesterday to make permanent a law that legalizes marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill today -- and is expected to approve it easily.

Rhode Island became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana last year; since then New Mexico has passed similar legislation. However, Rhode Island's pioneering move had an expiration date. The law has a built-in sunset clause for June 30, unless legislators make it permanent.

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3US RI: Abortion Bill Brings Out EmotionsWed, 29 Jun 2005
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Milkovits, Amanda Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:06/29/2005

PROVIDENCE -- Batterers under restraining orders could lose their guns, the very sick could use marijuana, and women seeking abortions may have to wait 24 hours before undergoing the procedure.

These were some of the biggest issues of the late afternoon session of the full Senate yesterday, and so far, two of the big three are headed for the desk of Governor Carcieri.

The third, on abortion, under the bill called "Women's Right to Know," will go to the House, where it appears to have a shaky future.

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4US RI: Police: Drugs Fuel Providence KillingsSat, 23 Dec 2000
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Milkovits, Amanda Area:Rhode Island Lines:Excerpt Added:12/23/2000

It Is Difficult To Reduce The Number Of Homicides In The City Because Of The Link Between Drugs And Guns, Police Officials Say.

PROVIDENCE -- A Providence man who was killed Wednesday in an Erastus Street house was a key witness in an upcoming murder trial.

The shooting death of Eric Price, 32, was one of three killings in the city this week that the Providence police say appear to be drug related. These latest killings have pushed Providence's homicide rate up to 28 this year - -- higher than last year's total of 26. Drugs are usually behind the killings, the police say.

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